Miss Edin Alexandra Whitehead
MSc - Biosecurity and Conservation, The University of Auckland
Edin is a seabird biologist and an award-winning conservation photographer. Her research investigates how seabirds can act as environmental sentinels by looking at energy flows through the marine environment, and how this may change with a warming climate. Her focal species - pākaha/fluttering shearwaters, little shearwaters, and tītī wainui/fairy prions cover a spectrum of inshore/offshore foraging ecologies and migratory/non-migratory strategies, which make them well suited to answering questions about the impact of changes in marine productivity on their behaviour and demography.
In addition to her PhD research, she works closely with the Northern New Zealand Seabird Trust on a number of projects in Northern New Zealand as both a field biologist and science communicator. She was the lead author of the recently published review of Threats to Seabirds of Northern Aotearoa New Zealand, a founding document for continued seabird research, monitoring, and conservation in the region.
Univeristy of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship 2019
University of Auckland Research Master's Scholarship 2017
Univeristy of Auckland Avian Research Master's Scholarship 2017
Areas of expertise
Seabird ecophysiology and behaviour, anthropogenic impacts and threats to seabird species
Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)
- Whitehead, E. A., Adams, N., Baird, K., Bell, E. A., Borrelle, S. B., Dunphy, B. J., ... Russell, J. C. (2019). Threats to Seabirds of Northern Aotearoa New Zealand. Auckland, New Zealand: The Northern New Zealand Seabird Trust. Related URL.
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Brendon Dunphy, Todd Landers, James Russell
- Whitehead, E. A. (2018). Age-related Physiological Change and Population Stress Variability in Grey-faced Petrels The University of Auckland. ResearchSpace@Auckland.